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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 247; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020247

Assessing Heat Stress and Health among Construction Workers in a Changing Climate: A Review

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Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Workers Defense Project, Austin, TX 78753, USA
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Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 25 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
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Construction workers are at an elevated risk of heat stress, due to the strenuous nature of the work, high temperature work condition, and a changing climate. An increasing number of workers are at risk, as the industry’s growth has been fueled by high demand and vast numbers of immigrant workers entering into the U.S., the Middle East and Asia to meet the demand. The risk of heat-related illnesses is increased by the fact that little to no regulations are present and/or enforced to protect these workers. This review recognizes the issues by summarizing epidemiological studies both in the U.S. and internationally. These studies have assessed the severity with which construction workers are affected by heat stress, risk factors and co-morbidities associated with heat-related illnesses in the construction industry, vulnerable populations, and efforts in implementing preventive measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; construction workers; heat-related illness; heat stress climate change; construction workers; heat-related illness; heat stress
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Acharya, P.; Boggess, B.; Zhang, K. Assessing Heat Stress and Health among Construction Workers in a Changing Climate: A Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 247.

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